Blasting operations on any mining site carry inherent risks that demand close attention during both the planning and execution stages. In December 2017, three miners were injured when explosives detonated prematurely without any warning. Despite being positioned 130 feet away from the blast, the employees were struck with flying debris that resulted in various types […]


Welcome to the July edition of CORESafety TV — the online video program from the National Mining Association. Mine rescue contests are designed to sharpen the skills and test the knowledge of team members who might be faced one day with potential mining emergencies. Each team is presented with hypothetical problems and challenges; they must solve them […]


In CORESafety’s Module #5, you learn how to assess a miner’s training needs, based on their level of knowledge and skills required for each task. You also learn why it’s important to verify his or her competency through demonstrations. Whether we’re talking about education, training or development, the primary focus should be on learning. When it comes […]


Welcome to the June edition of CORESafety TV — the online video series from the National Mining Association. This month is National Safety Month as recognized by the National Safety Council (NSC), CORESafety and hundreds of other organizations across the country.



Rick Gilbert is Vice President of Technology and Erika Fretheim is Manager of Mine Technology at Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Along with the Corporate Aviation team, both Rick and Erika are involved in overseeing the UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Program at Freeport in which drones are used for various safety and business purposes in the company’s mining […]